Valentin Bianchi

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Shinjuku Golden Gai
Location: Liège, Belgium
Nationality: Belgian
Biography: Valentin Bianchi is a Freelance Photojournalist based in Liege, Belgium. Not far from the borders with Germany, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and France. He started his career as a Freelance Photographer in 2009. His journalistic work focuses on... MORE
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Shinjuku Golden Gai
Copyright Valentin Bianchi 2024
Date of Work Jan 2020 - Feb 2020
Updated Dec 2023
Location Tokyo, Japan
Topics Corruption, Culture, Documentary, Iconic places, Journalism, Photography, Photojournalism, Street, World
Summary
Known for years as a rather dangerous part of the Shinjuku district, Golden Gai has been a quieter place for some years now. The local mafia used to reign supreme. The popularity of these bars with foreign tourists has helped to mellow the little neighborhood. Covering an area of around 200 square meters, the Golden Gai is a lively night spot with an ever-growing number of bars. There are probably several hundred of them, most of them relatively unknown and hidden from view.

Known for years as a rather dangerous part of the Shinjuku district, Golden Gai has been a quieter place for some years now. The local mafia used to reign supreme. The popularity of these bars with foreign tourists has helped to mellow the little neighborhood. Covering an area of around 200 square meters, the Golden Gai is a lively night spot with an ever-growing number of bars. There are probably several hundred of them, most of them relatively unknown and hidden from view.
A popular spot for visiting tourists, it does have its rules. Some bars charge you as soon as you enter in order to select the occupants. Prices vary from one establishment to another. Drink prices also vary from bar to bar.
Some bars also offer snacks.
Decoration and ambience vary greatly from place to place. Certain looks and stickers also show that not everyone is welcome. Please respect the way the locals run the place. It's not uncommon to read that you're asked not to behave as you would in your country of origin.
But once you've taken these few remarks into account, you'll feel at home in the neighborhood. Often in good spirits. It's not unusual to come across employees exhausted by their day's work.

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